In 1969, when gangs were forming throughout the United States as an act of resistance and protection from police brutality, Queen Mother Falaka Fattah and her husband David Fattah opened up their home to warring gangs in the Philadelphia area out of concern for the safety of her son. In the ensuing years the Fattahs worked with over 105 gangs, convincing them to a sign a pledge of peace, and eradicating almost all of the gangs violence in Philadelphia. As gun violence spurs in Philadelphia, Queen Mother Falakah Fattah urges today’s leaders to uphold the House of Umoja movement.
Falaka Fattah and The House of Umoja is a participant of the 2019 Nest Knight Fellowship, a pilot initiative generously supported by Knight Foundation.
ABOUT THE DIRECTORS
Jos Duncan is a multimedia producer, filmmaker, and social entrepreneur. She is the founder of Love Now Media, a social enterprise with a mission to build empathy through impact strategy, participatory design, and storytelling.
Jason Pollard’s introduction to film began at an early age through his parents. His mother, Glenda’s love for film exposed Jason to a variety of genres such as American and French classics, blaxploitation, and independent cinema. Jason would often accompany his father, acclaimed film producer/editor Sam Pollard, to the editing room and watch as his father magically turned strips of celluloid into complex and wonderful stories.
A feature documentary about an aging blues singer’s return to the stage 17 years after music broke his heart. Frank Bey’s incredible journey reaches a climactic year as he overcomes the loss of his backing band to record his dream album in Nashville.
Frank Bey: When You Ask Me is a participant of the 2019 Nest Knight Fellowship, a pilot initiative generously supported by Knight Foundation.
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A cinematographer and artist originally from the mountains of Appalachia, Marie Hinson moved to Philadelphia for an MFA in Temple University’s film program. In addition to freelance work for film, commercial and corporate clients, she is an instructor at Scribe Video Center and a member of the Vox Populi artist collective. Her solo and collaborative work has shown at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Crane Arts, RAIR, Pilot Projects, as well as Frameline, Montreal Underground, BlackStar, Athens International, and Hollyshorts film festivals.
An intimate portrait of resolute parenthood pushed toward the brink in the face of tragedy and injustice, Storming follows the daily lives and challenges of Ken and Sue Diviney, nine years following a violent attack which left their son Ryan in a vegetative state with a severe traumatic brain injury. Dictated by their decision to continue full-time care for Ryan, Ken struggles emotionally with the idea of legacy and fatherhood lost on his son as he navigates life as a primary caretaker while Sue battles insurance and finances, holding out hope for Ryan’s unlikely recovery.
Storming is a participant of the 2019 Nest Knight Fellowship, a pilot initiative generously supported by Knight Foundation.
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Katrina Sorrentino is a commercial editor, producer, and director, making her directorial debut in documentary filmmaking with Storming. Katrina is seasoned in crafting stories in 30 seconds in the commercial space, and has shifted her life’s work to capturing human stories with the potential to enlighten our perception of the world and human connections around us through documentary film.
STEPHANIE WANG-BREAL: 2019 CHICKEN & EGG AWARD RECIPIENT
A first-generation Chinese American from Youngstown, Ohio, Stephanie Wang-Breal uses film as a tool to subvert the narrative. She’s directed five feature length films: the award-winning Wo Ai Ni Mommy (2010), Tough Love (2014), and Blowin’ Up (2018); and directed commercials and short form content with talents and brands such as Tan Dun, Planned Parenthood, Minwax, ESPN, Tiffany & Co., Goldman Sachs, Verifone, and Apple. Stephanie’s independent work has been supported and recognized by the Sundance Institute, the Ford Foundation, and featured in the Tribeca Film Festival.
JULIA BACHA: 2019 CHICKEN & EGG AWARD RECIPIENT
Julia Bacha is a Peabody Award-winning filmmaker, Guggenheim fellow, and Creative Director at Just Vision. Her directing credits include Budrus (2009), My Neighbourhood (2012), and Naila and the Uprising (2017). Her work has played at the Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals, as well as Palestinian refugee camps and the United States Congress. Julia is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations, a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, and a TED speaker.
Untitled PRC Project examine megatrends of today’s China with an observational lens. By following the flow of labor, fortune, and waste across China, we explore how new types of economic cycles translate into day-to-day life for people of all class lines. This impressionistic collage of the new “Chinese Dream” consists of conceptually linked vignettes, immersed in locations ranging from the remote Sichuan mountains to the polluted Inner Mongolia plains to bustling labor markets in megacities. Micro-moments of people’s lives deliver an impressionistic understanding of the growing behemoth that is the nominally communist yet hyper-capitalist People’s Republic of China.
Untitled PRC Project is a participant of the 2019 (Egg)celerator Lab.
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Jessica Kingdon is a Chinese-American director/producer named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2017. Her award-winning Vimeo Staff Pick short Commodity City shot in Yiwu, China is an observational documentary about the world’s largest wholesale mall. It was shortlisted for a Cinema Eye Honor and has played at over 50 film festivals. Her upcoming feature documentary Untitled PRC Project is a SFFilm Doc Fund recipient and participated in the 2017 Spotlight on Documentary IFP Film Week. Her upcoming short Routine Island, about the new Chinese middle class on vacation on an island in Micronesia, is an Eyeslicer Radical Film Fund recipient. Past residencies include the Points North Institute Shortform Editing Residency, the Artist Academy at the New York Film Festival, the UnionDocs Editing Residency, and the UnionDocs Lab. Producer credits include The Waterslide, directed by Nathan Truesdell, which premiered at True/False in 2018; Old Stone, directed by Johnny Ma, which premiered at the Berlinale 2016; and the upcoming For Entertainment Purposes Only, directed by Colin Healey. Jessica is a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective.
LANA WILSON: 2019 CHICKEN & EGG AWARD RECIPIENT
Lana Wilson is an Emmy® Award-winning and two-time Spirit Award-nominated director. Her most recent film, The Departure (2017), premiered at Tribeca, had a critically acclaimed theatrical release, and was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary. Her previous film, After Tiller (2013), premiered at Sundance and went on to win an Emmy® Award for Best Documentary. It was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, four Cinema Eye Honors, and the Ridenhour Prize.
Pray Away tells the story of the history and continuation of the “pray the gay away” or ex-gay movement.
Pray Away is a participant of the 2019 (Egg)celerator Lab.
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Kristine Stolakis is a BAFTA-nominated documentary director and producer. Her directorial debut short The Typist (Hot Docs 2015) was released by KQED and is currently a Vimeo Staff Pick. She also directed Where We Stand (DOC NYC 2016), which was released by The Atlantic and nominated for a BAFTA. Stolakis is a producer on ATTLA (Independent Lens). She holds an MFA in Documentary from Stanford University, where she currently lectures. She proudly hails from North Carolina and central New York.
MALIKA ZOUHALI-WORRALL: 2019 CHICKEN & EGG AWARD RECIPIENT
Malika Zouhali-Worrall is an Emmy® Award-winning director and editor. Her directing credits include Call Me Kuchu, which premiered at the 2012 Berlinale and went on to win more than 20 festival awards, and Thank You For Playing (2015), which received an Emmy® for Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary. Malika’s work has been supported by Sundance, Tribeca, Firelight Media, and the United Nations. She is a San Francisco Film/Catapult Documentary Fellow and a Chaz and Roger Ebert Directing Fellow.
Silent Beauty is a personal documentary that follows Director Jasmin López as she works to heal from child sexual abuse she endured at the hands of her grandfather, Gilberto, a Baptist minister, almost thirty years ago. In the process of sharing her own trauma with her large family, she learns that generations of children in her family were victims of the same abuse. Told from the director’s perspective, Silent Beauty is a film about confronting and accepting difficult truths while finding beauty in the process.
Silent Beauty is a participant of the 2019 (Egg)celerator Lab.
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Jasmin Mara López is a filmmaker, audio producer, and youth radio educator that works in the US and México. Born in Los Angeles with familial roots in México, her childhood was affected by issues experienced on both sides of the US-México border. This instilled in her a strong passion for immigrant rights, youth empowerment, and social change.